Visiting Crystal Cave
Crystal Cave is an excellent example of a marble cavern. A half-mile loop trail leads through the cave, and there's also a steep half-mile walk to and from the cave parking area to the entrance. Because of fragile formations, the only way to visit the cave is on a guided tour. Tours are suitable for all ages. If you decide to see the cave, plan on spending about half a day traveling to the cave, walking to the entrance, and taking the 45-minute tour.
Crystal Cave is near the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park. From Foothills Visitor Center: turn right on to Generals Hwy. Drive 13 miles (20km). Turn left on to the Cave Road—look for the sign as you enter Giant Forest. Drive 6.5 miles (10km) to the parking area. From Lodgepole Visitor Center: turn left on to Generals Hwy. Drive 6.5 miles (10km) through Giant Forest. Turn right on to the Cave Road. Drive 6.5 miles (10km) to the parking area.
More Information about Park CavesVisit the Caves/Karst Systems page to learn more about additional caves in these parks, their geology, and the variety of animal life found in some caves. If you are interested in cave management and research, the Managing Park Caves page highlights some of the ways park staff manage caves to protect their fragile formations and cave life, and scientific work that supports these management efforts.
Last updated: December 23, 2020